THE District
Man pleads guilty
to burglaries at GWU

A Hyattsville man pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to first-degree burglary and other charges associated with a series of thefts at George Washington University.

James Dunmore, 39, could face up to 20 years in prison for burglarizing five GWU student apartments in the Ivory Tower dormitory. Prosecutors said Dunmore stole laptops, cameras, ­iPods and other electronic de­vices from the rooms over two days in January.

Authorities said the first burglary took place Jan. 25. Dunmore stole a student’s wallet with an electronic key to the dormitory. That key, prosecutors said, gave him access to other apartments.

Dummore is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Robert I. Richter on Sept. 13.

— Keith L. Alexander

Ex-teacher convicted in pornography case

A former D.C. high school teacher pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to exchanging pornographic images with a teenage student.

John Solano, 30, was arrested in March at McKinley Technology High School, where he taught science.

According to a plea agreement, Solano exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a 16-year-old male student at the Northeast Washington school. At the teacher’s request, the student sent explicit photos of himself, prosecutors said in court filings.

Solano, jailed since his arrest, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 2 before U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

— Ann E. Marimow

Man is sentenced in Christmas ’09 killing

A District man was sentenced Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to more than 55 years in prison for a shooting on Christmas Day 2009 that left one man dead and two people wounded.

Marlo Garcia, 24, was convicted in March of first-degree murder and other charges associated with the Dec. 25 fatal shooting of Miguel Romero at a Christmas party at a rooming house in the 5400 block of Fourth Street NW.

Prosecutors said Garcia became agitated when he was told to stop groping a female guest. He pulled out a .25-caliber gun and began shooting into the crowd.

Romero was shot in the back, neck and head, and died instantly. Garcia shot two other people in the head, including the woman with whom he had been dancing. Both surviving victims have bullets lodged in their brains. Garcia fled the apartment after the shooting and was arrested two days later.

Judge Ronna L. Beck sentenced Garcia to 551 /2 years.

— Keith L. Alexander

Construction repairs begin at transit hub

Repairs to the Silver Spring Transit Center began Wednesday, Montgomery County officials reported. The fixes come about a year after officials hired outside engineers to investigate flaws in the $120 million bus and train hub. The facility is years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget.

Contractors are focusing first on two roadway slabs that were found to lack reinforcing steel. Workers will strengthen the slabs with pressure injections of new concrete. They will also conduct tests to determine what kind of new topping to place on the slabs. Later this summer, workers will strengthen beams with cracks or insufficient concrete cover.

Officials have not indicated how long repairs will take.

— Bill Turque

Charges dismissedin voter fraud case

A judge dismissed misdemeanor charges Tuesday against a Pennsylvania man accused of throwing away Virginia voter registration forms.

Rockingham County General District Court Marvin Hillsman had dismissed related felony charges in April.

Colin Small, 23, of Phoenixville was accused of tossing eight completed voter registration forms into a trash bin behind a Harrisonburg store. The forms were found Oct. 15, 2012, the last day to register to vote in the 2012 general election.

— Associated Press